2019 Annual Conference

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Belhaven University in Jackson, MS


Our theme this year, ACCESSibility, addresses a critical issue for practitioners and administrators in online Christian education. Accessibility is not simply about how we access education but our missional calling, our philosophical approach, and our willingness to meet students where they are. There are a number of ways that learners can accomplish learning goals but in many cases, those options are limited and capabilities can be challenging. Our name, ACCESS, suggests that we support the process of learning across multiple platforms, venues, and entry points. Some Christian institutions are currently facing litigation for non-compliance in online and residential course content, materials, and websites. These institutions are required to show proof-of-progress, be fully compliant in a few short years, and ultimately make new content fully accessible. These and many other issues related to accessibility are important to the field of Christian online education. ACCESS 2019 will provide insight into issues of accessibility with assistive technologies, student support, and course design, to name a few. Please come and participate in this very important conversation.


Our Keynote Speaker this year is Dr. Ben Ries, Associate Dean for Vocational Formation and Director of the Center for Vocational Formation at Abilene Christian University.

Call for Presentations

Please submit proposals in a timely fashion to Dr. Mary Lowe: accessedonline@gmail.com


Early-bird registration closes January 25. Reserve now!

Please note: If you are attending the Wednesday evening banquet and keynote address, the cost is $20.00. Registration for the dinner is a separate item from conference fees.


Lodging (preferred): Cabot Lodge (group name: Access Conference 2019)
Reservation block deadline is Feb. 26. The rate is $89/night.

Directions between the venue and Cabot Lodge are detailed on the Cabot Lodge page here.

Good to know:

Close Airports:

Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN)

100 International Dr, Jackson, MS 39208